Educational Institutions

The Wellness Initiative

  • Boulder, CO
  • www.wellnessinitiative.org

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Mission Statement

The mission of The Wellness Initiative is to improve the physical health, social and emotional development, and academic performance of low-income youth through yoga-based wellness programs.

TWI was founded in 2006 to address the concern that low-income students of all ages suffer from increasingly stressful and unhealthy lives. We serve prekindergarten-through-12th-grade students and their teachers with a focus on underserved, minority populations. We provide students with behavior-changing tools that address issues such as childhood obesity, physical inactivity, excess stress, violent behavior, and low self-esteem.

Since TWI’s inception, we have offered programs in over 50 schools and directly served more than 8,000 students; indirectly, we have reached more than 10,000 students through training programs for teachers. Yoga classes are offered in schools throughout six Denver metro counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, and Jefferson.

Main Programs

  1. Yoga for Students
  2. Tools for Teachers
  3. Yoga for teachers
  4. 60/30 program
Service Areas

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Colorado

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson Counties in Colorado

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Mara Rose

Keywords

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Education, Health, Wellness

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Also Known As

TWI

EIN

76-0814619

 Number

8443148794

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Yoga for Students

Our yoga classes are based on the Yoga Ed. curriculum (a research-based curriculum that maps to physical education and health standards and was developed for use in schools) and are offered before or after school, during school as an elective, or as part of the school’s physical education program. Our teachers are certified as yoga instructors and trained in Yoga Ed.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 2

Tools for Teachers

Through two-hour TFT workshops (a curriculum also developed by Yoga Ed.), we provide classroom teachers and school staff with yoga-based techniques (for example, conscious breathing, basic yoga poses, simple movement games, and visualizations) to incorporate into their classrooms. All of the activities are designed for the classroom, require no extra equipment or space, and take only 5 to 15 minutes to complete.

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Adults

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Program 3

Yoga for teachers

We provide weekly on-site yoga classes to teachers and school staff members before or after school at a number of our partner schools. The classes engage school staff members in yoga, which reduces stress and promotes a kinder, calmer school environment.

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Adults

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Program 4

60/30 program

The 60/30 program provides the highest level of intervention to the most vulnerable population: children living in poverty. The majority of these children face multiple barriers to thriving physical health, academic success, and emotional well-being. TWI focuses on serving low-income students because they’re at greater risk for several negative outcomes, such as poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and social emotional problems, physical health issues, and developmental delays.

TWI is the most established organization in the Denver metro area to provide in-depth yoga programs in schools at no cost to low-income students.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson Counties in Colorado

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The Wellness Initiative
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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The Wellness Initiative

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Executive Director

Ms. Mara Rose

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rebecca Yarmouth

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